In the 2011/12 and 2017/18 season, Manchester City have been top on Christmas day in the Premier League, and then have gone on to lift the trophy and City’s odds to win the league are priced at 8/11.
This time around, the club have a tough task to repeat this feat after a what looks like a difficult start to the season. Their first four fixtures see them clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, Leeds United and Arsenal.
With their campaign in Europe moving into August, tiredness may be a factor in the new season, especially as Liverpool have been getting plenty of R&R since the end of July. However, moving into December, Pep Guardiola’s men will have a much easier time than their beginning to the campaign, as rivals Manchester United are the only ‘Big Six’ side they face in this month.
Although, if City can get Lionel Messi to the Etihad, perhaps being top of the tree at Christmas is just the start. Although, as we have seen in recent times, the days of leading the way at the festive period barely tells a tale of the upcoming chapters.
City are now priced at 5/4 to lead the way on December 25th.